Player and Organization Support
SCC plans to make grants both to individual players and to youth soccer clubs and organizations. These grants will help reduce the expenses of organization costs, club fees, uniforms, equipment, and travel. The Grant Committee will accept applications twice a year and recommend to the Board a list of individuals, clubs and/or organizations to be granted funds. SCC will disburse funds either directly to the club or organization on behalf of players and their families (for items payable to the club or organization, such as club fees) or to the player’s parent or guardian (for other items such as travel expenses). The grant application contains further information about the process.
All grants shall be need-based. Donors will be permitted to request their donations be used for particular clubs, age groups, and/or geographies. Where donors have done so, the Grant Committee will honor such requests. In all other cases, SCC will use methods for allocating funds based on geography and demographics, without prioritizing one club, town, or age group. SCC has developed and continues to refine a database of players and clubs by town of resident, club and district, as used by the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (“CJSA”) and US Club Soccer. Our geographical coverage will progress as we build our donor base.
The framework for empowerment programs will be after school activities, camps, events, high school and college games and other activities designed to engage young girls in primary and middle schools. As with player and organization support, we will initially focus on selected geographical locations and certain schools and expand our programs from there. In Fall 2018, we are scheduled to launch pilot programs with several schools in Bridgeport, CT.